Thursday, May 14, 2009

Who’s Misleading?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the CIA mislead her about the techniques used to interrogate terror suspects.

In her first public comments on the matter since an intelligence report contradicted her recollections, Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters today that she was never told about the fact that waterboarding had been used on a terrorist suspect, even though terrorist suspect Abu Zubaydah had been waterboarded a month before she was briefed on the subject in Sept. 2002.

“The only mention of waterboarding at that briefing was that it was not being employed,” Pelosi said, reading from a prepared statement. “Those briefing me in Sept. 2002 gave me inaccurate and incomplete information.”

“At the same time, the Bush administration was misleading the American people about the threats of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,” she added. “The CIA was misleading the Congress. At the same time, the administration was misleading the Congress on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.”

The usual suspects took turns expressing their outrage, including Sen. Joe Lieberman (?-CT) and, of course, the ever-outraged House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who came to the defense of the intelligence community:

Either I don’t have confidence in what they told me several months ago or I don’t have confidence in what they’re telling me today.

Oh, wait, I’m sorry; that’s what he told Wolf Blizter on CNN in December 2007. Here’s what he said today:

It’s clear to all of us, Democrats and Republicans, that we have flawed intelligence. The CIA have bad intelligence, the Pentagon had bad intelligence and, for that matter, all of our allies around the world had the same bad intelligence. And so that’s why Republicans voted to set up the National Intelligence Directorate to reform our intelligence activities.

Oops; wrong again. That was from Meet the Press in February 2007. Hang on…. Okay, here’s what he really said today, now that the president and CIA Director are Democrats.

I’ve dealt with our intelligence professionals for the last three-and-a-half years on an almost daily basis, and it’s hard for me to imagine that our intelligence area would ever mislead a member of Congress.

Yeah, apparently it’s hard for him imagine that he’d ever be such a flaming hypocrite, either.

HT to Media Matters.